Written January 16, 2013
Although I like visual period films that's about the only thing that set this movie apart. Halfway through the movie I told myself, "This is nothing special.".
Written August 21, 2014
There is a great deal of violence in this film. Sean Penn did an amazing job as Mickey Cohen... he was a nasty, ruthless ******* who you wanted to be blown away all through the film. I loved Ryan Gosling and Emma Stones chemistry. But, if you do not want to see horrific violence to not go to this movie. It is violent from the beginning to end....
Written August 29, 2015
Entertaining. Blood as hell (think "almost" Quentin Tarantino)
Don't expect reality. Don't expect an accurate representation. Don't expect true emotion. However, if you like nonrealistic gangster movies, ...go see it.
Oh, and Sean Penn is a pretty good character actor.
Written July 07, 2015
I really enjoyed this movie. The surprise was that many lines were funny. Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone were all terrific. I went to be entertained, and I was.
Written August 28, 2015
After reading some reviews that described a lot of action, violence and fun dialogue, I decided to go. I see why the critics panned it because I was actually enjoying it, a lot of action, great acting. I just got a little bored in the middle of it, started and ended really well, just runs a little longer than need be to establish their point. But not bad, if you like stuff like Sin City and Lawless, this should be right up your alley.